May 24th, 2016
Tokyo Swallows 5
Streak: Lost 3 Last 5: LWLLL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
It was as if neither team wanted to win this game…
|W: Nohmi L: Yagi|
|1||Houjyo (2B)||1||Sakaguchi (CF)|
|2||Yamato (CF)||2||Kawabata (3B)|
|3||Fukudome (RF)||3||Yamada (2B)|
|4||Gomez (1B)||4||Balentien (LF)|
|5||Haraguchi (C)||5||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|6||Takayama (LF)||6||Yuhei (RF)|
|7||Hague (3B)||7||Ohbiki (SS)|
|8||Toritani (SS)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|9||Nohmi (SP)||9||Yagi (SP)|
The Swallows starter in this game was Yagi, making his first start of the season with the big club. Known for his wildness on the mound, he solidified that reputation in his brief three inning appearance.
Yagi struck out four hitters in the first inning, including one on a wild pitch and escaped without conceding a run.
Yagi wasn’t as lucky in the second inning as Hanshin plated three runs. After retiring the first two Hanshin hitters, Yagi walked the #8 hitter (Toritani) and the pitcher back to back. He promptly paid for this brutal mistake and gave up back to back RBI hits to Houjyo and Yamato.
After the teams traded runs in the middle innings, the Swallows offense finally put up runs in the later innings including a RBI hit by pinch-hitter Imanami and a Kawabata sacrifice fly. That being said, the Swallows should have overturned their deficit in the home half of the eighth inning. Loading the bases with nobody out, Balentien struck out and Yuhei flew out to third. All the Swallows mustered during this chance was Hanshin pitching walking in a run. (One of TEN walks by Hanshin pitching on the night.)
Meanwhile, the Swallows bullpen fell apart again and after nine innings, Hanshin claimed an ugly 7-5 victory.
News and Notes
- Swallows starter Yagi became the 18th pitcher in NPB history to strike out four batters in one inning.
- Starters for the second game of this series: Davies for the Swallows, 2014 first round draft pick Yokoyama for Hanshin.
- Slump busting Swallows: Hanshin’s Nohmi won his first game in a month tonight.
- Effectively wild? Hanshin pitching walked ten batters in this game but allowed only four hits.